Back Into the Swing of Things

Life has been so crazy with all our adventures, lately. Just a year ago we moved into our cute little 1940’s farmhouse fixer-upper and we’ve been working on it ever since. We’ve made friends with some wonderful people in the area and we’re working on growing those relationships. We’ve also been gardening and I’ve learned a lot about how different it is going to be to garden here in the hills.

With our first year here under our belts, we’re making some fun plans for our second year. I’ll be cleaning and repairing the chicken coop so we can have our own laying hens. The previous owners took the nesting boxes with them, so I’ll be building some and I plan to take lots of pictures for those of you who might want to have a tutorial. We’ll also be building a chicken tractor for meat birds, though I haven’t decided on the style for that. Any suggestions??

This fall we’ll also be mending fences, insulating and moving the door on our well house and making a few other repairs to our property. I hope to build a cheap and easy hoop house for our garden so that we get the chance to at least harvest some of our food before the frost kills it.

As you can see, it’s been quite an adjustment and we’re learning a lot. Of course, fall-time also usually means the beginning of a new school year. Our eldest is six and she is so eager to learn! While we tend to keep things very relaxed and fun around here (we focus on cultivating a love of learning), we also want to offer her all of the knowledge she wants to absorb. We’ve been going to the library almost every week and I have a bunch of science experiments and craft projects (mostly teaching about history) planned. On top of all our regular “learning” we will also be doing something very special…

K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I’ve been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

We want our children to be comfortable and familiar with computers, but we are extremely careful about what they do on them. With a program like this, our eldest will not only get some good practice and reinforcement of the math and reading skills she’s learning, she will also get the chance to use the computer! If this looks like a program that might be a good fit for your kiddos, be sure to watch for our candid review in about six weeks.

As you can see, most of our focus will be on homeschooling and on our little hobby farm. I’ll be sharing what I learn as I go and I hope you all enjoy coming along for the ride! If you are a blogger and have any recent posts about what’s happening in your life, be sure to share the link so we can all pop by for a visit. 🙂

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